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Chicken Yu Choy Stir-fry
China

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Sched:
DoAhead:  
2 main  
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30 min  
Prep
This very tasty stir-fry is basically Yu Choy Stir-fry made with marinated chicken to convert it to a main dish. It also works very well with Shanghai bok choy (sold as "baby bok choy"). For a variations see Pork Yu Choy Stir-fry.



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Chicken (1)
Soy Sauce
Corn Starch
Yu Choy (2)
-- Sauce
Soy Sauce
Oyster Sauce
Stock
Rice Wine (2)
Salt
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Oil
Prep   (20 min)
  1. Cut CHICKEN into thin strips about 1/8 inch by 1/2 inch by 2 inches long. Massage together with Soy Sauce and Cornstarch, then set aside to marinate for 1/2 hour or more.
  2. Rinse Yu Choy and cut it whichever way you like. Stems do not need to be held separate unless they are quite large but I usually do anyway.
  3. Mix All Sauce items.
RUN   (10 min)
  1. In a wok or spacious sauté pan heat Oil and stir in Chicken. Fry stirring over high flame until it has lost its raw color. The cornstarch will start to stick to the pan, be careful it does not burn because it will become part of the sauce.
  2. Stir in Yu Choy Stems (if separate) and fry stirring about 1-1/2 minutes, then stir in Leaves until coated with oil.
  3. Stir in Sauce Mix and bring to a boil. Scrape material stuck to the pan into the sauce. Simmer covered, turning frequently, until Yu Choy stems are crisp tender, about 3 minutes..
  4. Serve hot with plenty of steamed long grain rice.
NOTES:
  1. Chicken:   Weight is for skinless, boneless chicken. I always use thigh meat because it is moist and flavorful compared to the cardboard chicken breasts produced in North America.
  2. Yu Choy:   This is an edible version of the plant that produces the seeds canola oil is made from. It is now widely grown in North America and readily available in most markets serving an East or Southeast Asian community. For details see our Yu Choy page. You can use other forms of choy as alternatives, and Shanghai bok choy (sold as "baby bok choy") is particularly good, but for other choys, give the stems more of a lead over the leaves in cooking. For details see our Cabbage Greens page.
  3. Rice Wine: Use a good drinkable Chinese rice wine. The cooking versions are heavily salted and not that good to start with. If you don't have the rice wine use a dry sherry. Sake, though made from rice, is not considered a good substitute. For details see our Chinese Rice Wine page.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch ar=as required tt=to taste
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